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PreMemorial Day Visit May 31, 2017

On the weekend before Memorial Day I was visiting home territory in Boston Massachusetts.  While there I visited the cemetery in Winchester where my father and my maternal grandparents and great aunt are buried.  I had been wanting to do this for a long time.  My last and only previous visit to the Winchester cemetery had been 60 years ago in August 1957, the day of my grandfather’s funeral.



Back From My Trip May 26, 2017

My trip to Boston was like a whirlwind of memories and new experiences thrown into the mix.  It was wonderful and I’ll probably write about different aspects of it in the next few days.  Watch this space.

51B3JGphhFL._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_  Actually this book has nothing to do with the trip – I only found it now as an image to brighten up this blog entry.     But it was a book we read in 3rd grade back in Payson Park School in the 1940’s in Belmont Massachusetts.  The school burned a few years ago so I can’t show you a picture of it in 2017.  But we did visit the old neighborhood where I grew up.

IMGMe (Janet) in the 1940’s poised and posed for the first day of school.  The family home looks good – in May 2017 it is still there – looking even spiffier.  Pictures to follow.

Meanwhile below is a picture from the late 1930’s – my aunt and my grandmother sitting on the front steps of the house in Winchester.  My cousin Betsy and I are the little girls.  The house is still there in Winchester – in May 2017 the house is 100 years old.  I met the current owner.  My cousin Betsy now lives nearby.  She was one of the hostesses for my whirlwind visit this past week.  Memories abound.

May Belle and Auntie with Betsy and Janet



Willis Surname August 12, 2016

Wyllys Surname

As regular readers of this blog know, Willis is my middle name.  The above is my latest genealogy find.  It was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name.